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The Waukesha Salvation Army posted a new total of $500,000 for its Christmas fundraising drive.

According to a Salvation Army press release, although the Red Kettle portion of the campaign has exceeded its goal and stands at $430,000, Waukesha Corps Officer Major Nelson De La Vergne explained they are praying for additional gifts by check to make their $700,000 goal in this annual community effort.

"I'm cautiously confident that, with everyone's help over the next two weeks, we can close the gap," De La Vergne said in a written statement.

The 501(c)(3) charity runs Waukesha County's largest homeless shelter for 46 men downtown. It also runs a large food pantry, a three-nights-per-week free hot meal program, a summertime Feed the Kids program and Summer Day Camps, among much other work to help those most in need.

This year through April, the Waukesha Salvation Army is also operating an overflow winter homeless shelter for another 20  men in the former Northview School, in partnership with the Housing Action Coalition. Checks made out to the Salvation Army and marked in the memo line as "Christmas 2016 Gift" may be mailed to the Waukesha Salvation Army, 445 Madison Street, Waukesha WI 53188.

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